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Missing my Running Buddies

by Meghann on August 17, 2010

It’s official.

No marathon training run will ever be the same without my Chicago Running Buddies. I miss them. πŸ™

I wonder what the odds are of talking one of them to visit for my 18 miler this weekend? Anyone? πŸ˜‰

I was a little sad to head out on my run this morning in my same old, boring neighborhood instead of the beautiful Lake Michigan waterfront I had been spoiled with over the weekend. Still I made it work and actually managed a killer run. I’m slowly gaining my speed back and it feels great. 8:30 min/miles? pshh…. I got this!

About a mile into my run I saw about a dozen or so police cars blocking my path with flashing lights, caution tape – the whole nine yards. I stopped to see if it was ok if I passed them on the grass (they said it was fine) and saw what looked like two pretty banged up cars -one sitting in the ditch and the other in the middle of the road. I asked if everything was ok and they told me it was just an accident and to enjoy my run.

It was a little disheartening to turn my tv on later that morning to see a reporter reporting live from the accident scene I had ran by a couple of hours before. Turns out everything wasn’t ok. A person had apparently been killed on impact during the accident and the roads were still blocked as they sorted through the wreckage.

Scenes like that are constant reminders that life is just too short. I can’t even imagine what would have happened if I had been running by that exact same spot only a half hour earlier. Scary. :/

Breakfast this morning was one of my favorite post-run treats.


Toasted left over frozen waffle with honey peanut butter, preserves, and granola.


And a Pluot on the side. πŸ™‚



Have you ever witnessed an accident before?

I’ll never forget when a group of friends and I were driving to Ft. Lauderdale from Tallahassee a few years ago. Everything was fine until the SUV in front of us started weaving back and forth out of no where. In a matter of seconds the SUV made a sharp right turn and front flipped into the woods. It was late and the driver had apparently fallen asleep at the wheel! We immediately stopped, called 911, and helped the four guys out of the SUV. It was scary, but thankfully everyone was ok.

1 britchickruns August 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

Woah, both your stories sound so scary πŸ™
I witnessed a pretty minor accident once at a junction, and then I was about 3rd on the scene to two or three big crashes. I know someone died in one of them πŸ™

2 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

Running with other people can be so motivating!

3 Sara August 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

I also came upon an accident scene when I was on a run a few summers ago. A motorcycle and a van collided. When I tuned in to the news later on, I saw that the motorcyclist had died. I was really sad and shaky after that.

4 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog August 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

SCARY. I miss you toooooo!

5 Kristy@ August 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

Whoa. That’s so scary. Glad you’re ok. On the brighter side, at least you had a rocking run and breakfast! πŸ˜‰

6 Evan Thomas August 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

We miss you, too πŸ™‚

7 NYCRunnerGirl August 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

Wow, both of those experiences sound really scary and intense. Thankfully you went on your run when you did and not earlier.

On a lighter note, your breakfast looks amazing today!!

8 thedailyoatmeal August 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

Just a week ago, me and my best friend were returning from Lolla downtown Chicago in a limo. A Porsche going over 100 MPH on the interstate spun out, hit another vehicle and flipped off the road. Both people in the car were killed instantly, but a piece of their car struck our limo. It missed the windows, but we had a “real life” moment when we saw how close it came. It was seconds away from being a different story. You are right– life is too short!

9 lauren August 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

Scary! Things like that just make me feel uneasy all day.

There have been a few times where a shooting has happened somewhere I normally run and I will have missed it by an hour or so. It freaks me out, oh the joys of living in a big city.

10 Amanda's Eats August 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’ve only witnessed two car accidents, but I’ve been in three while I was driving (not my fault) and two where I wasn’t. Its a huge wake up call, especially when you have to go to rehab for a year or so afterward and your lifestyle is hugely affected (which is still preferable to the latter options). Its so great that you stopped and offered to help, people that are just out of accidents are in shock and shouldn’t have to try and handle stuff on their own.

11 Heather ODonnell August 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

Last December I was driving home in a horrible snow storm and I saw a large black van that was resting on its side in the median. There was a pickup truck that had pulled over and I rushed to see if everyone was okay. The driver was a Menonite and she was driving 4 children home from school when she lost control of the van on the slippery roads. The 4 kids were sitting in the back seat of the pickup truck and I went in there and helped with a 7 year old boy who had a cut on his head. The other three were mostly uninjured. I stayed until the EMT’s arrived and were able to get the boy and the driver loaded into ambulances and headed to the hospital.

Two weeks later, I signed up for an EMT course at my local community college. I am now a state certified EMT and I feel that I will be much better prepared if I ever come across another accident.

12 Lauren August 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

I think I’ve witnessed a few minor accidents, but my family was in a major accident in 1996. I was 10 years old and my sister was eight. We were on our way back from a family trip late at night and were really only about 15 minutes from home.

It had been raining, and at the time these particular roads had pretty bad ruts wore in them. Our van hit a rut in the road, and because of the standing water, we hydroplaned off the right side of the road, and into a ditch. We rolled end over end 3 times, and my mom and I were ejected from the car. (We still don’t know for sure which window we went out–they were all broken). My dad and sister were actually the ones in the front seats with the shoulder belts on, so they both stayed in the car. My mom didn’t have her seatbelt on (so bad I know), and I only had a lap belt. It was an old van. My dad and sister were fine, except for a black eye my dad had from his head hitting the steering wheel.

My mom and I ended up being like 20 feet away from the vehicle. Luckily there was someone driving not too far behind us that was able to call for help. To make a really long story shorter, I had a head injury that I ended up having no permanent damage from. Amazingly I broke no bones (!!!) since I was asleep when the accident happened, and therefore totally relaxed. My mom on the other hand braced for impact, and we think this is why she broke so many bones. Many vertebrae in her neck and back, her clavicle and wrist. She also had a punctured lung. She had a head injury as well.

My mom could have easily been paralyzed, but amazingly she has recovered. She actually broke the same vertebrae as Christopher Reeve. She still has pain everyday from nerve damage from the accident, but we are so lucky to have her. This accident changed my family’s life so much, but we are just so blessed to have the outcome we did. Wow, that was long, but I thought I’d share. : )

13 Carolyn @ August 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

I’ve seen a couple of accidents. We once saw a cyclist get hit in a parking lot and then we saw a car run off the interstate a couple of years ago. They were driving really recklessly and having road rage. Their car spun off into the woods. They came out unscathed, fortunately, but my husband (a cop) drove back out their to testify at their court date.

14 Jen August 17, 2010 at 10:21 am

That is so scary! Thank goodness you weren’t there 30 min before! I have seen a few accidents happen, but I think the scariest was just a few weeks ago. I was just finishing my run, and was at the corner of my street when I stopped to walk the few minutes home. Another girl was running towards me and went to cross the street when she was hit by a car right in front of me! She didn’t really look when she crossed, and the driver was driving too fast, so didn’t have time to completely stop before hitting her. She tried to get up, but a few other people and i told her to lay down. I stood there while the paramedics got her into the ambulance. She was awake, but was shaking and crying. I have no idea if she was ok or what…but, I think about her all the time and am very cautious when I get to that street corner now. In fact, sometimes I got a different route to miss it. So scary!

15 Heather August 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

Wow, how sad :-(.

I’ve never witnessed an accident, but I did drive up to a police blockade on an apartment complex. They had it surrounded with officers pointing machine guns at the complex. I never found out what was going on in there, but it was crazy scary to drive by that!

16 carly August 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

I’ve seen a few accidents … they’ve all been at busy intersections, typically people who run red lights. If the light is yellow, slow down people! Don’t speed up to try and make it.

17 Kelly August 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

Wow that’s a scary accident story. I’ve never actually witnessed a bad accident, thank god.

18 biz319 August 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

My Mom lives right off the the Eisenhower expressway in a suburb just west of Chicago – we’ve probably called 911 at least ten times when we hear the screech . . .then crash!

Our family was hit by a drunk driver when I was four – we all survived, and of all the injuries, mine was the least – I hit the right side of my face into the passenger seat (this was 1972 – so no seatbelts!). My face was black and blue for months, and then when the bruises went away, I was left with a dimple I still have today – although since I only have it on one side, I call it a dent! πŸ˜€

19 pursuitofhealthfulness August 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

You’re right that instances such as the one you experienced today are real reminders about how precious life is.

I’ve never witnessed a car accident, but a few years ago I was walking into a store and saw and elderly lady fall and hit her head. A group of people were crowding around, but weren’t really doing anything. The woman didn’t have friends or family and didn’t want to go to the doctor. Eventually, we convinced her to go to the hospital.

I was actually on my way to the hospital to volunteer, so I said I could drive her. Upon reflection, it was a pretty random event and I never heard what happened to the woman, but it was still interesting.

20 Juli D. August 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

Accidents are definitely reminders of how short life is. A year ago we were at a friend’s family reunion and a group of about 20 people decided to go for a walk after dinner. A hit and run driver in an SUV collided with the group at a high rate of speed (the group was walking correctly against traffic, actually going the same direction as the SUV and his vehicle crossed the street into the group). 3 people, including my good friend’s sister, along with 2 dogs were killed that day. The three women that died were in their mid-20’s on the cusp of life. Although it hurts to remember that night and the loss, it also reminds me to feel grateful for each breath I take and to live the fullest and best life I can because I still have my life to live.

21 Becky August 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

That sounds like a scary run! I have not witnessed anything so sad on a run.

I miss you too!! I need friends to run with this weekend! It’s too sad to run without my buddies.

22 Brooke [onehealthycookie] August 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

That’s so scary! I saw a really, really bad car accident when I was about 5 or 6. The ambulance had already arrived at the scene and they were covering up a body with a sheet. My dad covered my eyes and told me not to look, but I had already seen it.

23 Molly August 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

wow! SO scary! I have seen quite a few accidents, one that was a large pile up…and there were injuries. The crazy part is, one of the trucks was carrying thousands and thousands of bees to a bee farm. All the bees were let loose when the accident occured so the paramedics couldnt get in to help the people who were injured. Unfortunately a young girl died as a result.

So sad! wow just depressed myself.

Happy Tuesday! Wish I could come run with ya and help ya train πŸ˜‰


24 Marina August 17, 2010 at 10:59 am

I actually was hit by a car when I was riding my bike. Thank god for my helmet. I think that actually I should thank you and your sister for it, because after reading your post how the helmet saved your sister’s life, I never went on a bike ride without a helmet.

25 runningwithsass August 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

I have seen many accidents and was amostin a bad one on my way to orlando in january. it was 4 am and an 18 wheeler busted through the concrete barrier around mobile, AL and smashed into several cars going the other way. we were there literally 30 seconds after it happened…it so easily could have been us!

26 gavrielski August 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

How scary–so sorry you experienced that. I’ve witnessed two pretty bad accidents, and both times left me feeling frightened and haunted. It’s strange to think that I went on with my day and my life after seeing it, but those accidents probably forever changed the lives of the people involved. Stay safe!!

27 Cynthia (It All Changes) August 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

Hunni and I were going on a date while still engaged to our favorite diner. Out of nowhere a guy crossed from the other lane in front of us and flipped over into the woods on the side of the road. We stopped and called 911. We made sure he was conscious and that his car wasn’t going to explode. The cops asked us a bunch of questions before we could go on.

Turns out the man was elderly and had fallen asleep on the way home from the pharmacy. He was okay but doesn’t drive anymore

28 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

Yikes, that’s so scary. Keeping the family in my prayers today! I’ve never witnessed a bad accident, but I’ve seen a few fender benders and even that throws me for a loop!

PS- Come to NYC and I’ll run 18 miles with you, haha πŸ™‚

29 jenny in new york August 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

Only witnessed my own 2 accidents πŸ˜‰ whoops!

30 marci1684 August 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

I love hybrid fruit like pluots! I’ve also seen them called plumcots.

31 Liz August 17, 2010 at 11:48 am

I’ve never seen a major accident. But during a nuclear summit here in DC a woman was crushed and killed on her bike by a TANK. She was on a point on my bike commute about 10 minutes after I had biked through that intersection. Needless to say that freaked me out!

32 Stephanie August 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Yeah, I saw a rollover happen right in front of me once. The dispatcher said I was the 4th person to call 911 and report it (mostly because I clicked the “end” button 3 times before I could make the call because I was so freaked out). I NEVER want to see anything like that again.

33 Laura August 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I think I have been blessed enough to never have witnessed a bad accident right in front of me. I’ve seen several accidents, but nothing that was ever life threatening.

However, my daughter was in a bad accident when she was 16 and she was driving to my home from her Dad’s with her little brother. A car blew through a stop sign and hit her pretty much head on. Thank God it didn’t hit her door, but the front of the car. She escaped with some cuts. However, my youngest son ended up with a bruised colon from the seat belt and ended up having emergency surgery. I arrived on the scene and that was the scariest thing ever. To see the car, my son lying in the field with the paramedics. Something I hope to never see again.

So glad everyone was okay in the accident you witnessed.

34 Kimberly August 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

That is unfortunate that you had to see that scene Meghann πŸ™ They are never fun.

A few years ago, I was working (police officer) and pulled my police car to the side of the highway and a few seconds later heard a loud crash behind me…I looked behind me and saw an unloaded logging truck smoking up and a guy jumping out of the cab of the logging truck and running (trying to get away from the vehicle for fear it could catch fire, but it didn’t).

I went up to the scene and further saw a mid sized pick up truck near the logging truck smashed so bad. In the truck, I could partially see the driver’s arm and it was slightly moving. In the end, there were two girls in the pick up truck and they both lived, however, the driver of the pick up is in a wheel chair today and is a vegetable. It was the pick up trucks fault, the driver was high on cocaine and drove right into the logging truck at a speed of at least 100 km/hr (sorry…don’t know miles…perhaps 65 miles an hour??)

It’s scary how these things happen! As a police officer, we generally don’t witness crashes and mostly just respond after they happen…I can admit that my adrenaline was going having heard the crash and seeing the aftermath…my partners were saying that I was screaming over the radio to get fire, ambulance and for them to all come. I believe it!

Everyone stay safe out there and remember to drive defensively!!


35 rc1001 August 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Wow what a shocking experience (both of them).

36 LiveForTheRun August 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Accidents will make your heart drop. Hearing about the awful off-road accident from California this weekend was bad enough. I have only seen a handful of really bad wrecks, fortunately.

On a happier note, nomnom breakfast!

37 Meg August 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I coordinated alternative spring break programs (week-long community service trips) for a university for the past 2 years. I, along with 14 students and the VP for Student Life were driving back to South Carolina from New York City this past March. Suddenly, the van in front of me (I was driving the 2nd van) pulled off the road. One of my students in the first van noticed a bus on fire on the opposite side of the road – a giant greyhound bus. At the time, the fire had just begun and you could hardly tell anything was going on. We were the first to call 911 as other cars were flying by. It happened to be one of 3 greyhound buses full of college students from a university in upstate New York. Fortunately they were all fine, but it was frightening for all of us to see the bus become engulfed in flames. I was just very glad that one of my students noticed what was going on and we were able to lend a helping hand!

38 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Yikes, how scary…I’ve witnessed crashes on the highway before and it is horrible to watch. I’m glad you weren’t there when it happened! A good reminder of how fragile life is.

39 Melissa @ TryingToHeal August 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

have i told you how much i miss you?! hls was not long enough for us to hang out!

and thanks for the tweet earlier; had a docs appt with no good news.

i want those waffles!

40 Heather C August 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Ugh, that’s stomach-wrenching. We saw an accident yesterday on a bike ride – semi ran right off the road (blew a tire) and hit a tree, *almost* a house. Literally happened minutes before passed, which made me nauseous.

Anyway, glad you’re safe! be careful on those runs πŸ™‚

41 Leslie August 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

miss you too!
at least ill get to see you soon….OCTOBER!! πŸ™‚

42 mybeautifulair August 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

those waffles look delish! thanks for the inspiration!

43 Matt August 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Those waffles are gorgeous πŸ™‚

44 gloriousgreens August 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

What is a Pluot?

45 Lauren August 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

How devastating! I’ve never witness an accident as serious as this but seeing anyone or anything in despair is always hard to do. So happy you are okay! πŸ™‚

46 Emily August 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

My mom and I came upon a bad 2-car accident just minutes after it had happened. I remember seeing one guy with a large gash in his head sitting in the front seat of his car, dazed. Someone had already called 911, so we didn’t stay at the scene (didn’t want to be in the way). It turned out that one of the men in the accident was the owner of the funeral home in our (very small) town & he was paralyzed from the neck down b/c of the accident. Like you, if my mom and I had been minutes earlier, we might have ended up part of the accident!

47 Zelda Ziebell August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Just last Wednesday my family stepped outside a restaurant went suddenly we witnessed a car flip over and land on its side. The man stumbled out fine though, thank god.

48 Pearl Lee August 18, 2010 at 3:51 am

waffles look delish!

49 wnk505 August 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

running with people makes the time go by so much faster. Your breakfast looked great.

50 runningtomydreams August 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I know what you mean about running buddies. I am in Orlando too! I just moved here 4 years ago. I just started running on the West Orange Trail just so I see other people running too! I am training for my first half marathon so my mileage is half of yours but I would meet you up to run half of it for the company!

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